Thursday, July 16, 2009

Camp Manhattan, revisited.

We serve a powerful and amazing God! Lately I have been really seeking His will and seriously asking for Him to be evident in my life and to use me to touch and bless other people's lives... And you know God, when you ask to be used, He will use you. When you ask to be challenged and stretched, taken out of your comfort zone, pushed, He will do those things. It wont always be easy, and it wont always be fun, but God will use you and bless others because of your willingness to love and be a servant.

Its funny, I suppose. I started the summer, and spent the first month or so kind of wishing I was in another state, perhaps a foreign country, gosh at least outside of Manhattan somewhere, doing something new and different, something that's not comfortable, easy, and what I do on any regular [non-summer] days. I was jealous of friends in China and Arizona [and every place in between] and wished I could be outside my easy little box being challenge, doing real ministry, serving God somewhere else.. [It's just so much easier for me to see needs when they aren't the norm, as in not my everyday. I guess I walk by the same people and needs here each day and eventually stop seeing them. It's all so new and obvious when I'm somewhere else.]

Here's the thing though. There is hurt, pain, challenge and need all around me. There are broken people crying out for someone to hear them, just to listen. There are so many opportunities under my nose and I have become numb to their affect.

Today I asked God for an opportunity. I asked God to show me. I asked God to use me, to bless another. I asked God to challenge me to be more. I asked God to convict me and not let me turn my eyes from need. It's funny, ya know, when you seek God and actually pay attention and look for those opportunities, and recognize the need all around. God is doing so much, so many great and powerful things all around me, and too often I have grown complacent and comfortable in my surroundings and miss Him completely.

God is so good and I am constantly amazed by his amazing power and grace displayed all around me.

"Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!" -Psalm 68:34-35

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the thoughts Hannah. This will definitely be helpful for when I return to Manhattan.